Those who think the words “Adam Sandler” and “Academy Award” should never be uttered in the same sentence might get a bit twitchy over the latest news from Netflix.
Today, the streaming service announced that Sandler will be co-starring opposite Jennifer Hudson, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006’s “Dreamgirls,” in the romantic comedy “Sandy Wexler,” his third feature produced exclusively for the platform.
The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Los Angeles on Aug. 2 with Steve Brill directing from a script by Paul Sado, Dan Bulla and Sandler. Brill previously directed Sandler in “Little Nicky” (2000), “Mr. Deeds” (2002) and “The Do-Over,” which premiered on Netflix in May.
It will premiere in all Netflix territories in 2017.
“Sandy Wexler” has a plot set-up reminiscent of Woody Allen’s 1984 film “Broadway Danny Rose. The film follows Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler), a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s representing a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business, who falls in love a talented singer he discovers at an amusement park (Jennifer Hudson).
Sandler and Allen Covert are producing “Sandy Wexler” through Sandler’s prodco Happy Madison Productions. Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers.
“Sandy Wexler” is the third in a four-film deal Sandler signed with Netflix in 2014, following “The Ridiculous 6,” a comedic take on “The Magnificent Seven” that debuted in December, and the aforementioned “The Do-Over,” co-starring David Spade.